The Dorset port is celebrating a world first

Poole Harbour has become the first port in the world to commercially adopt a 3D Vessel

Traffic Monitoring System.

The unique C-Vu

technology is specifically tailored to present an accurate real-time 3D

solution for increased navigational safety in ports and harbours.

Poole Harbour

Commissioners have commissioned the new navigation system to boost their situational awareness and therefore enhance the safety operation of marine traffic within their


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The technology

provides flexibility in selecting viewpoints and perspectives, both

above and below the water, of a vessel being monitored.

It aims to provide significant

support in detecting dangers by employing collision and grounding predictions,

assisting harbour control to monitor the spatial distance of moving vessels, particularly

important during the rise and fall of tides.  

Data from the

system can be stored for up to 10 years and played back in full detail at any

time, enabling analysis of marine incidents and adding value in claims


Poole Harbour Commissioners harbour

master, Captain Brian Murphy, said: ‘As guardians of Europe’s largest natural

harbour, it is Poole Harbour Commissioners responsibility to ensure we consider

the best technology available to deliver an even higher level of navigational


‘We are thrilled

with the new C-Vu system, its 3D display of critical vessel movement information

has helped us to understand in amazing clarity and flexibility the reality of

what is actually happening above and below the water.

‘It is clear that C-Vu is

setting the future standard for vessel traffic systems, and we at Poole are

pleased to be an early adopter of this enhancement to vessel monitoring



Alastair MacDonald, added: ‘We are delighted to have been chosen by Poole

Harbour Commissioners to install a C-Vu 3D VTS system in their vessel traffic

management centre.

‘The highly positive feedback following the installation has

confirmed our ability to deliver innovative technology that enhances

operational safety, productivity and efficiency.’

Last year Poole Harbour Commissioners agreed an extension to Poole Quay Marina instead of building a new 900-berth marina at Hamworthy Park.